Kay Mellor, one of Britain’s best TV writers and a pioneer for British working-class drama during the last three decades, died unexpectedly at the age of 71, according to reports.
‘It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely and tragic departure of our beloved friend, mentor, and colleague Kay Mellor on Sunday, May 15,’ stated a representative for her TV production firm, Rollem Productions.
We have lost a great legend and a phenomenal talent. At this time, we ask that you respect the privacy of the family and friends.’
Mellor is survived by her husband Anthony. They have always lived in Leeds, the setting for many of her TV episodes. Gaynor, the actress, and Yvonne Francas, the television producer, are their two daughters.
Mellor was knighted in 2009 and in 2014 received the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Contribution to Writing. Many young British performers’ careers were transformed as a result of her work, including James Corden, Jude Law, Samantha Morton, and Ruth Jones.